Need a compact SUV? These are the four best-value options on the market
It’s no surprise that SUVs are the most popular cars in New Zealand. In fact, they account for over half of all new-car sales. But within this sector, medium-sized vehicles are no longer the top sellers – they’ve been overtaken by their smaller cousins: compact SUVs.
Kiwis are coming to love these cars. It’s not that shocking, compact SUVs are designed to give you all the benefits of a large car, including space, off-road capabilities, excellent handling and performance – but with far more efficiency and lower running costs.
It doesn’t matter if you’re living in the country or the city, have a family or are a student – compact SUVs have something for everyone. But in a stacked sector, which models give you the best value? Here are the four we think deliver on all fronts.
Kia has proven that they know their way around an SUV, and the Kia Stonic, which has recently touched down in New Zealand, is proving to be no exception. With a platform based on the highly successful Kia Rio, this new addition to the compact SUV sector is already impressing drivers with its exceptional performance, high-tech features and distinctive muscular appearance.
Available with either a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 6-speed automatic or a 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions, its dynamic drivability gives you everything you want in a compact SUV. Suspension and steering are also on point, perfect for navigating both city streets and country roads. It’s kitted out with excellent safety systems, and, to complement its striking looks, there is an array of great colour options to choose from.
But one of its most appealing features is its price point – the Kia Stonic is one of the most affordable compact SUVs on the market. For a spacious, stylish, high-performance compact SUV, you can’t go wrong.
Jolion (‘chu lian’ in Mandarin) means first love, and it’s easy to see why. The Haval Jolion is sophisticated through and through, with a sleek design both outside and inside. But this compact SUV is more than just a pretty face. Engineered with a host of exceptional safety features, including a 360-degree camera, autonomous emergency braking and collision warning sensors, the Haval Jolion sets a high standard for protection. 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels provide great grip on the road, while its 1.5-litre turbo engine delivers plenty of power.
But again, one of the most striking features that the Haval Jolion boasts is its price point, which is eye-catchingly low for all the advantages this car offers.
The Suzuki Ignis takes the term ‘compact’ to the next level. But don’t let its tight dimensions fool you – this SUV delivers on all fronts. Combining a uniquely retro appearance with incredible functionality, the Ignis is a great little performer. Its 1.2-litre petrol engine and responsive handling make it ideal for both zipping around the city and hitting the open road.
The Suzuki Ignis provides incredible fuel economy – adding to its already attractive price point – making it one of the best-value compact SUVs you can ask for. And over the last year, this car has undergone a facelift, improving on its distinctive look.
For those who want a compact SUV that has a medium-sized feel, the Mazda CX-30 is for you. With more space than the CX-3 and more agility than the CX-5, this model is perfectly balanced in every way. It offers drivers the effortless performance and flawless engineering that Mazda is famous for, boasting a well-designed, minimalist interior and stunning exterior style.
Available with either a 2.0 or 2.5-litre engine, the Mazda CX-30 delivers both comfort and power. Reduced noise and vibration technology also give it the quiet, peaceful quality you’d expect in much larger cars.
While sitting at a higher price point than the other models on this list, its all-encompassing quality makes it a great-value option for anyone looking for a compact SUV that exceeds all expectations.
If you’re keen to hear more about any of these models, get in touch with our expert team for a chat.
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